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The servant-leader is servant first, it begins with a natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first, as opposed to, wanting power, influence, fame, or wealth. 
– Robert K. Greenleaf 
The information provided in this unit will cover many best practices and attributes that enable one to be an effective leader. There are a few other basic principles to leadership to keep in mind through leadership. The first strategy is to volunteer for a leadership role that fits your passion and your availability. The second strategy is to be consistent and dependable. In other words, whatever you volunteer to do, be sure to complete the task. Leadership strategies can be implemented with advocacy efforts, professional associations, research, clinical practice, and supervision.
In this unit, you will shift your attention to developing leadership skills that can be applied within the counseling profession. There are numerous leadership strategies, theories, and models that you will learn about through the unit readings. For example, you will examine Chi Sigma Iota’s principles and practices of leadership, which define exemplary leadership in the field of counseling. In addition to learning how to develop leadership skills, you will learn how to teach leadership skills to your students and foster leadership development among your supervisees.
Greenleaf, R. K. (1977). Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness. Paulist Press.
Frick. D. M. (2004). Robert K. Greenleaf: A life of servant leadership. Berrett-Koehler.
Leadership and Advocacy Panel Discussion
Josh Stanley
I’m wondering if we could  focus just for a few minutes on leadership specifically. I’m wondering  what it means to you to be a leader. How do we integrate that into our  identity as counseling professionals and maybe even what does good  leadership look like? Dr. Lambert, would you like to start with that?
Simone Lambert
Sure. I’m happy to start  with that. I have seen all kinds of leaders in my career, and I think  it’s really important to know that leadership is about showing up. It’s  about knowing your values and your beliefs, and it’s about speaking up  when you have the voice and helping others who don’t have the voice get  to the table so that they can share their thoughts as well.
To be a good leader is really understanding that we work  collaboratively, that we need to be transformative leaders and look at  systemic change to make the entire profession stronger, to make our  communities stronger, to help clients be able to access services and all  of those kinds of things. I think that’s probably why the word advocacy  gets muddled sometimes because leadership can certainly take a role in  advocacy, but leadership can be leadership in and of itself. Leadership  can be leadership and research as we look at people who serve on journal  editor boards. Leadership can be about clinical work and being an  administrative at an agency or within supervision, we can have  leadership as well.
And so all of those sort of capacities allows people to find  where their passion is and where they can get fulfillment and contribute  to the profession. I would say just another little nugget that I have  learned through the years is it’s really helpful to have a leadership  mentor to develop into a leader and have the money kind of stretch you.  For instance, there might be a role that is a little bit out of one’s  comfort zone and having somebody kind of help you get into that would be  really helpful.
I, myself experienced imposter syndrome being ACA president. I  know that sounds hard to believe, but certainly there was a time period  of thinking, oh my gosh, what in the world did I get myself into? And  how did I get here? And what am I supposed to be doing? But having  mentors and being able to have conversations and working with a group  and a team really helped to be able to get the goals for that year  accomplished. I think that’s something that we can extrapolate and take  to different settings.
Josh Stanley
Thank you. I really appreciate  that. I’m wondering what others might want to add in terms of what it  means to be a leader or what good leadership looks like.
Dale Wayman
Well, for me, good leadership  is one thing. It’s developing the next generation. If you’re not doing  that, you’re not leading. I mean, for me, that’s all boiled down to that  one sentence.
Josh Stanley
Thank you.
Amber Lange
I think one thing that I would  like to add is that as someone who is both a manager and a leader, that  there really is a difference there. And so when you asked the question,  what is good leadership, I always am also asking that question to  myself, to faculty, to doctoral learners, because you can manage  something and still not be a good leader. There’s a difference.
In leadership, requires the ability to take a risk. Sometimes  it requires having enough ego strength to be able to tolerate no, and it  also requires the ability to have to make a decision. When you manage  people, you can shuffle things. You can give directives, but there’s a  level in order to be a good leader beyond a manager I think that you  need to allow people autonomy, but you also have to be able to be strong  enough to make a decision when people can’t. In my experience, that’s  really hard. I talk about it with learners and faculty and even clients  when I saw clients about having enough ego strength to be able to  tolerate the discomfort that you may feel from those that will disagree  and it’s hard.
But I think when we talk about, especially things like  transformative leadership, you can’t be that kind of leader without  having to struggle yourself with discomfort because not everyone is  going to agree and not everyone will support you. Yet, you have to be  able to set your sights higher than, and be able to tolerate aspects of  those kinds of disagreements. When you work as a professional, when you  work with lots of other people who have master’s degrees, when you work  with lots of people who have PhDs, we’re opinionated. I mean, we all  have strong opinions. The reality is, is those opinions don’t always  meld. And so leadership is about being able to transcend that in my  opinion.
Theresa Kascsak
If I could, there was a  word that I heard twice there and it was about transformation. I think  that that’s really just so much rooted in leadership and a little bit of  what Dr. Lang was talking about, about the differences between managing  and leading or the different types of leadership that Dr. Lambert  alluded too. I think that the thing about a good leader is that  transformational piece of whatever project you’re involved in.
Maybe you’re a CES learner and you’re working on your  dissertation and there’s some leadership that’s involved in that and  leading that project and as what you were discussing about our leaders  that are on our CSI board, that they are working to construct and  transform our chapter of CSI to be kind of the premier online chapter,  or whether it’s faculty doing curriculum leadership and they’re trying  to develop and they’re trying to improve the educational experience of  our learners. And so there’s like this development piece there that I  think that that’s the transformational piece for taking something a good  leader takes something from where it starts and it moves it along that  sort of a continuum to a better place, to clear ideas, to a vision  starting the beginning aspects of a plan, to having faculty that maybe  weren’t so involved, but are now so much more involved and helping them  develop their strengths.
Also, I think even with our learners, that’s helping them see  that they might have some work to do with being receptive to feedback,  but that’s also a developmental transformative process. And so leaders  aren’t afraid to take those risks to step out there and to have those  hard conversations and also to step into that place of vulnerability.
Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence            
Principle #1: Philosophy of Leadership
Exemplary leaders recognize that service to others, the profession,  and the associations are the preeminent reasons for involvement in  leadership positions.
Leaders recognize that service to others is a hallmark for effective leadership that requires:
careful consideration of the magnitude of their commitment prior to accepting a nomination for a leadership role;
acceptance of leadership positions primarily for the purpose of service rather than personal reward; and
willingness to seek counsel prior to decision making that affects others.
Principle #2: Commitment to Mission
Exemplary leaders show evidence of a continuing awareness of and commitment to furthering the mission of their organization.
Leaders maintain a continuing awareness of and dedication to  enhancing the mission, strategic plan, bylaws, and policies of the  organization throughout all leadership functions. They work individually  and in teams to fulfill the objectives of the organization in service  to others.
Principle #3: Preservation of History
Exemplary leaders respect and build upon the history of their organization.
Leaders study the history of their organization through review of  archival documents (e.g., minutes of meetings, policies) and other  resources, and discussions with current and former leaders, and they act  to build upon that history through informed decision making.
Principle #4: Vision of the Future
Exemplary leaders use their knowledge of the organization’s history,  mission, and commitment to excellence to encourage and create change  appropriate to meeting future needs.
Leaders draw upon the wisdom of the past and challenges of the future  to articulate a vision of what can be accomplished through imagination,  collaboration, cooperation, and creative use of resources.
Principle #5: Long-Range Perspective
Exemplary leaders recognize that service includes both short- and long-range perspectives.
Leaders act to impact the organization before the year of their  primary office, during the year of their primary office, and beyond that  year, as appropriate, to assure the ongoing success of the  organization.
Principle #6: Preservation of Resources
Exemplary leaders act to preserve the human and material resources of the organization.
Leaders assure that policies and practices are in effect to assure  financial responsibility and continuing respectful treatment of human  and other material resources of the organization.
Principle #7: Respect for Membership
Exemplary leaders respect the needs, resources, and goals of their constituencies in all leadership decisions.
Leaders are deliberate in making decisions that are respectful of the  memberships’ interests and enhance the benefits to them as active  members in the organization.
Principle #8: Mentoring, Encouragement, and Empowerment
Exemplary leaders place a priority on mentoring, encouraging, and empowering others.
Leaders assure that members are provided with opportunities to  develop and apply their unique talents in service to others, the  profession, and association.
Principle #9: Recognition of Others
Exemplary leaders assure that all who devote their time and talents  in service to the mission of the organization receive appropriate  recognition for their contributions.
Leaders maintain records of service to the organization and provide  for public recognition of service on an annual basis, minimally (e.g.,  letters of appreciation, certificates of appreciation).
Principle #10: Feedback and Self-Reflection
Exemplary leaders engage in self-reflection, obtain feedback on their  performance in leadership roles from multiple sources, and take  appropriate action to better serve the organization.
Leaders seek feedback, for example, from members of their leadership  team, personal and leadership mentors, and past leaders of the  organization. Exemplary leaders experiencing significant life  transitions or crises actively and regularly seek consultation from such  mentors regarding their capacity to continue the work of the  organization during such duress. Leaders take action congruent with that  feedback, which reflects their commitment to these Principles and  Practices of Leadership Excellence.
Developed by the CSI Academy of  Leaders for Excellence and approved by the CSI Executive Council for  distribution to its members and chapters (1999). 
With permission from CSI, authors conducting research on the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence may include this document in their publication. When citing the document, please use the following citation:
Chi Sigma Iota Academy of Leaders. (1999). Principles and practices of leadership excellence. Greensboro, NC: Author. Retrieved from 
With permission from CSI, authors conducting research on the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence Survey may use the following citation:
Wahesh, E., & Myers, J. E. (2012). Principles and practices of leadership excellence survey (PPLES).  Greensboro, NC: Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional  Honor Society International. Retrieved from:,_Essay,_Papers,_Articles/PPLE_Study.pdf
Leadership Strategies
If you have not yet done so, review this unit’s discussion information above and complete the assigned readings. For this discussion, address the following in 750 words using the attached articles and above references — 
How would you describe your personal leadership style?  (The use of servant leader and the integrative leadership model speaks to me! )
Which theory of leadership resonates with you, and how is that theory incorporated into your leadership style?
How will you incorporate aspects of servant leadership into your continued leadership efforts?

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